WHAT HAS GONE WRONG
ADAM LUNDY ASKS HIS FELLOW ANFIELD FAITHFUL WHAT CAN BE DONE
AT THE end of the 2008/09 Barclays Premier League season Liverpool finished second in the league, only five points from the top spot. In the previous three years Liverpool had been in two Champions League finals, winning one of them, and had won the FA Cup. Everything seemed to be in Liverpool's favour going into the following season.
The following season Liverpool finished a disappointing seventh, just clinching a place in the Europa League by two points. This season, standards have deteriorated even further as Liverpool have currently sank to an unfamiliar spot on the league table.
Last summer Rafael Benitez left the club by mutual consent. He was subsequently replaced by former Fulham manager Roy Hodgson. However, his success did not follow him to Liverpool. This season so far, Liverpool has disappointingly lost nearly half of their games. Now the reputation of Liverpool has been tarnished and Liverpool has been left looking like a wounded lion.
We begin to wonder can Liverpool hold their own and begin to start playing as a team again? I for one hope that with the guidance of new manager and former Liverpool hero Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool can learn to play consistent football as a unit.
In January 2011 three Transition Year students from the CBS New Ross, were interviewed about the recent form of Liverpool F.C. These students were David Furlong and Ken Neville, Liverpool fans, and John Halligan, an Arsenal fan.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON LIVERPOOL'S PERFORMANCE THIS SEASON?
John: Liverpool's performance has gotten worse since the loss of Rafael Benitez. Roy Hodgson's conservative approach has not worked out as his top striker Fernando Torres has been seriously off-form. ( Torres has since moved from Liverpool to Chelsea for a rec)ord fee of €50m, where his poor form continues
David: Well what can you expect when Paul Konchesky starts at left back? This season the team has as much guts as a battered cod. They are not putting in the effort.
Ken: Over the past few years too many good players such as Xabi Alonso and Momo Sissoko have left the club and have not been successfully replaced. The players we signed afterwards are not as experienced.
HOW CAN THEY IMPROVE?
John: The club needs more capital so they can sign better players. Torres needs to find his form and score some goals. Players such as Ryan Babel need to be played a lot more.
David: Anyone could improve on Roy Hodgson's performance. They need more money coming in. Two full backs would be of great benefit to the team.
Ken: They shouldn't be wasting money on inexperienced players. Maybe they could experiment with different formations and use different players. I believe the players should take more chances in the box instead of just waiting for something magical to happen.
ARE THERE ANY PLAYERS LIVERPOOL NEED TO SELL AND BUY IN THE SUMMER?
John: They need to say goodbye to players such as Christian Poulson and Sotirios Kyriakos. If the price is right for Fernando Torres they should cash in as he is too inconsistent. They should bring in Ryan Shawcross from Stoke to play in the back line, as well as Nicholas Bendtner to play up front.
David: We need to get rid of Paul Konchecky and Glen Johnson. Then we need to sign John O'Shea and Charlie Adam from Blackpool.
Ken: I would also like to add Lucas to the players listed. Then splash out on a reliable player such as Sniejder.
HOW DID YOU TAKE THE NEWS OF KENNY DALGLISH TAKING OVER FROM ROY HODGESON AS MANAGER?
John: It was a shock. It would have made more sense to sign him in the summer when he initially applied for the job. Hopefully it will be a good step because he plays more expansive football than his predecessors. David: It's good that we have someone who knows the ins and outs of the club.
Ken: I was delighted. He was always going to be the fans choice and I hope it will be a good decision.
WHAT DO YOU PREDICT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON?
John: Dalglish will hopefully get Torres into form and get him scoring goals again. With some luck we will finish in the top half and maybe secure a Europa League placement.
David: If things go well they will get back on track and will be playing European football next year.
Ken: Unfortunately their bad form will probably continue, but if they get a few wins here and there they will land themselves in the top half of the table.